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Vernors' Ginger Ale

Dean Tudor Aug 18, 2007 01:57 PM

This is still being made in the USA -- a recent post her on root beer reminded me of it..Is Verners Ginger Ale available anywhere in Toronto area???

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    erly RE: Dean Tudor Aug 18, 2007 01:59 PM

    Just bought a case a couple of weeks ago.
    Either Loblaws or Dominion.
    Can't remember which.

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      pearlD RE: erly Aug 18, 2007 02:14 PM

      It's available at Loblaws, Sobey's and some Shopper's..

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        jayt90 RE: pearlD Aug 18, 2007 02:49 PM

        too sweet for me, even as a kid

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          Royaljelly RE: jayt90 Aug 18, 2007 02:57 PM

          Got it @ Loblaws... still have 3/4 case of it sitting in the garage.. the Ginger ale is some nasty tasting stuff.

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            pearlD RE: Royaljelly Aug 18, 2007 03:08 PM

            I love it! It has 'longtime memory' for me...my parents used to bring cases of it home from Detroit (where it originated, I believe) this was in the 50's & 60's! If you want to taste disgusting ginger ale try D&G brand from Jamaica! Trust me...REALLY NASTY!!

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              Royaljelly RE: pearlD Aug 18, 2007 07:22 PM

              I guess I'm too used to my Canada Dry. :)

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              KevinB RE: Royaljelly Aug 19, 2007 10:46 PM

              I used to live in Windsor, across the street from the swanky Essex golf club. Their signature drink at the half-way house was a "Brown Cow" - you take a half-glass of chocolate milk, and then slowly fill the rest with Vernor's. I say "slowly" and I mean it! If you pour too quickly, it fizzes up like crazy and overflows the glass.

              However, on a hot day after nine holes, it really hits the spot. It's not too fizzy, like a glass of pop would be, and it's not too sweet, as the tartness of the Vernor's cuts through the chocolate milk. Try it, you'll like it!

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        gogol RE: Dean Tudor Aug 18, 2007 07:57 PM

        There's a great pop store in Whitby that has Vernors in glass bottles. (The shop is on Burns Street - sorry that I can't remember the name of it, but someone here posted about it in one of the root beer threads...)

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          LovelyAsia RE: gogol Aug 19, 2007 09:05 PM

          Here is a link to the rootbeer thread.

          And here is a link to the Shop in Whitby that sells all sorts of Vernors and many specialty soda pops from Canada and the US.


          I find that not every store carries Vernors, but if you check around you will find many that do.

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          torontogal RE: Dean Tudor Aug 19, 2007 07:59 AM

          I drink Vernors as well (though I prefer the diet brand as it's not quite so sweet). They sell both the original and the diet brand at the Loblaws on Musgrave - Victoria Park and Gerrard. It, too, reminds me of my childhood when my aunt and uncle from Detroit would come visit and we'd get to have some. The rest of my family cringes when I open a can!

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            betsy RE: torontogal Aug 19, 2007 08:33 AM

            I've rather liked the Master Choice (Dominion) house brand diet ginger ale... it seems less sweet to me than most others, although I don't live near any Dominion stores so I don't get it very often. Are there any more widely available brands that are more sharp than sweet? Diet Canada Dry is pretty decent...

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              juno RE: betsy Aug 19, 2007 12:58 PM

              Vernor's hasn't nearly the gingery zing I recall it had years ago. I suspect the taste has been tamed to appeal to a wider clientele. Though it still has more ginger taste to it than all the alternatives available around Toronto. If you want true ginger zing, you'll have to stumble upon it at the occasional small local bottling plants around the U.S. that specialize in ginger ale exclusively.

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                betsy RE: juno Aug 19, 2007 04:56 PM

                I'm glad you mention it... I had a Vernor's a while back and it didn't taste the same to me at all. Sweeter and less sharp. I thought it was just me.

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                  embee RE: juno Aug 19, 2007 09:27 PM

                  Liquid in a bottle with a Vernor's label is widely available in Toronto, but it doesn't resemble the Vernor's of old.

                  If you are looking for "gingery zing", check out Old Tyme ginger beer. Or get some Aunt May's ginger syrup (Tropical Treets sells it) and mix with club soda.

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                    Scooter65 RE: juno Aug 21, 2007 06:03 AM

                    the best American small bottling plant for Ginger Ale has got to be Sprecher in Milwaukee.... they do a bunch of different sodas, and I think 21 different beers. well because they are a brewery

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                    pearlD RE: betsy Aug 20, 2007 03:36 PM

                    Betsy, have you tried Schweppes? I am a Vernor's fan but when I am away for the winter in Jamaica(where they don't have Vernor's) I drink Canada Dry finding the Schweppes too 'sharp' for me. If you are around any West Indian Stores...you could try some of the gingerale you find in those stores (beware of D & G brand...totally medicinal tasting , but that being said, it's a matter of to each his own.

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                      betsy RE: pearlD Aug 20, 2007 05:02 PM

                      I haven't tried Schweppes in a long time, but I will check it out -- thanks.

                2. duckdown RE: Dean Tudor Aug 19, 2007 01:09 PM

                  I see it in Fortino's supermarkets only

                  I prefer the DIET Vernors

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                    philly cheeze RE: Dean Tudor Aug 19, 2007 07:52 PM

                    Walmart has it as well

                    1. Webdude RE: Dean Tudor Aug 20, 2007 12:45 PM

                      Slightly o/t, but are you the Dean Tudor who used to teach at Ryerson?

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                        Dean Tudor RE: Webdude Aug 20, 2007 02:45 PM

                        That'll depend on what grade you got...

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                          Webdude RE: Dean Tudor Aug 20, 2007 05:45 PM

                          We should probably take this off-line, lest we get upbraided by the mods.

                          What's the best way to do this? Can I email you from information in your profile?

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                            Dean Tudor RE: Webdude Aug 21, 2007 08:03 AM

                            check www.deantudor.com

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                        millsem RE: Dean Tudor Aug 20, 2007 12:59 PM

                        Vernors float with vanilla ice cream is where it's at!!! For anyone from the Windsor area - in Woodslee at the Dairy Freeze, try a Boston Cooler for an incredible Vernor's-Vanilla ice cream milkshake

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                          Medira RE: millsem Aug 21, 2007 08:53 AM

                          Oh my goodness...I haven't been there in YEARS! I dated a guy from Cottam for a while and between that Vernors float and the amazing quality of the kielbasa from the butcher/deli in Cottam itself, I couldn't believe it!

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                          BRIANTHEFOODUDE RE: Dean Tudor Aug 20, 2007 03:43 PM

                          You can get Vernors in California. It taste like sweet nothing... I find Schweppes has some power to it. If anybody knows a stronger Ginger ale... Please let me know?? I am always in quest :)

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                            pearlD RE: BRIANTHEFOODUDE Aug 20, 2007 03:45 PM

                            ...try the West Indian Stores for 'stronger/sharper' tasting ginger ale.

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                              BRIANTHEFOODUDE RE: pearlD Aug 20, 2007 07:31 PM

                              thanks will do... Brian

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                              embee RE: BRIANTHEFOODUDE Aug 20, 2007 03:52 PM

                              If you are posting from the States, what you want is Blenheim (hot) ginger ale from South Carolina. We don't have this in Canada. It is really something else. Also, as pearlD suggests, look for West Indian brands of ginger beer. Old Tyme ginger beer (bottled at various places in both the US and Canada) is also quite good.

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                                fushykiwi RE: embee Aug 21, 2007 07:10 PM

                                try Grace ginger beer you can get it at No Frills - it is very spicy,
                                or President's choice Jamaican style Ginger beer.

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